John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas
installation view
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
Elegy for the coral reefs and the mangroves of the Arafura Sea  2019
watercolour, graphite, collaged woodblock
prints and mangrove branch rubbings,
mangrove branches
Collection of the artist

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

John Wolseley
The pearl fisher's voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay (detail)  1985–89
sumi ink and watercolour on paper on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of the artist, 2016
Reproduced courtesy of the artist 
Photographer: Andrew Curtis


John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda—Molluscs / Maypal and the warming of the seas

30 March to 02 June 2019

John Wolseley’s 2016 gift to Geelong Gallery of his ten metre long, six panel panoramic watercolour The pearl fisher’s voyage from Ise Shima to Roebuck Bay, 1985–89, was the catalyst for an immersive installation in which Wolseley and senior Yolngu artist and clan leader Mulkun Wirrpanda, extended their decade-long collaboration. Both artists share a profound sense of the beauty and fragility of the earth and its ecosystems, and in this project their works meditated especially on the mollusc as a powerful indicator of changing oceanic conditions and water systems. 

Wolseley’s work included unique woodblock prints taken from swamp mangroves that bear the bored channels of ‘shipworms’, a widespread species of mollusc feared by 17th and 18th century naval explorers, including James Cook, for its capacity to consume a ship’s timber, rendering it dangerously unseaworthy.

Mulkun Wirrpanda’s lyrical bark paintings and larrikitj maintain knowledge about traditional foods sourced on land and in the waters, including 'shipworms'.

Events

Slow Art Day
This event took place on Saturday 6 April

Slow art tour
This event took place on Sunday 14 April

Creative conversation: Art + Environment—John Wolseley and Alexandra de Blas
This event took place on Wednesday 24 April

Geelong After Dark—heighten your senses and abandon what you know
This event took place on Friday 3 May

Reconciliation in the Park
Sunday 2 June, from 11.30am to 1.00pm
This is a free event